DO NOT BOAST

Ephesians 2: 8-10

    8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

A lot of times do we commemorate on particular days of the year the death of some prominent people our societies boast of – heroes and heroines – who gave up their lives for our emancipation. Christian, as we are, are supposed to acknowledge, with so much reverence and without any limitations, the one who gave up His life on the cross to set the whole world free from the grips of sin.

Easter is enough celebration and commemoration of the death of Jesus Christ, but have you personally given him that appreciation, acknowledgement, and gratitude He deserves? Christ is appealing to you today to call on Him so that in the coming ages God will show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

And there came a wonderful revelation from the reference scripture, “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”

You must be proud of your salvation though, but since it is not by your own works, do not boast of it. You boasting of your salvation might scare away those unbelievers you minister or evangelize to, for it makes it seem as though you earned it through your own hard work.

God grant us a fruitful week. Amen!

SALT YOUR CORNER EFFECTIVELY

There came a time in the life of one teenaged Israelite called Joseph, when out of the influence he had in his own father’s house his brothers hated him, and plotted against him, and sold him into slavery to a faraway land of Egypt. Because of your influence know that you will definitely have adversaries, even family people. Even as a slave in the house of Potiphar, he was still influential to the point that Potiphar made him the chief attendant in his house.

An unfortunate event sends Joseph into prison, and even over there in prison, he was still influential; He attended to Pharaoh’s, the most prominent person in the whole of Egypt, officials who were also sent into prison.

Meanings of dreams were just revealed unto joseph by God in a special way that he uttered no other words other than the meanings of the dreams after hearing whatever the dreams were. And the Lord never failed him in the interpretations of the dreams. By this influence Joseph was introduced to Pharaoh, and that influence of his affected the whole world.

My message today is that, however small the corners you brighten, do not stop because in no, and due, time the whole of your community, school, or nation will feel and be affected by your light. And Pharaoh and his officials said this about Joseph, “Can we find anyone like this man, whom is the spirit of God?”

Remember, a light put under cover does not shine or brighten a place. Do not be afraid to let the world see what good substance you are made of, your talents. Once you have greatly influenced someone, the mouth of the person would never be kept shut, it would house a tongue of praise, worship, adoration, and blessing. Like mine is for Ameyaw Bernice Ama.

God is the secret behind Joseph’s blossoming influence, and so should yours also be. Do not let ingrates dim your light of influence. Ama, I love you dearly.

(Reference: The story of Joseph – Genesis 37-47)

THE LORD IS OUR HELPER

(Hebrews 13:6)

So we can say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper

so I will have no fear

what can mere people do to me.”

Many are times that we feel and think that our help is the government, politicians, rich men, friends and family. It is an undisputed fact though that help, in one way or the other, can come from the above mentioned people, but the confidence must always lie in the Lord.

It has always been the Lord helping us through the people. All that we ought to do henceforth is to humbly ask the Lord and He will never fail us. Hebrew 13:5 – “Don’t love money, be satisfied with what you have, for God has said, ‘I will never fail you, and I will never abandon you.’”

Whatever the need be, let us rest our hope and confidence in the Lord for Help is in Him and Him only. He is the provider of everything we need today, tomorrow and forever. May the God almighty grant us a fruitful week. Amen!

The builder (Psalm 127)

There’s the need to include God in every part of our lives. In life, we make plans to build better career, better friendships, better families, better future, and better upbringing of kids, better everything… and work hard to bring them to pass. Psalm 127 teaches that we should allow the Lord to build with us. Because if He does not build, we build but in vain. Even as God builds in the spirit, we build it in the flesh. Remember, everything that happens on earth physically is influenced by the spiritual realm. With God all things are possible and even as we build while He builds, we do not end up frustrated and restless but rather, we build and do all things from His rest.

Verse 3 of psalm 127 tells us that children are a reward from the Lord. But to who? Psalm 128:3 teaches that it is a reward to them that fear Him. Such children should be treasured as spears in a warrior’s hand, in the hands of the parents.

Father, build our lives that we may build, save us from the frustration of building our own life or building it to please families. Give or show us how you are building it that we may build exactly what you build.

Our builder- the Lord most high.

By: Bernice Ameyaw Ama

HE IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER

Hebrews 13:18

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

No man, nowhere, born by another man under this sun can have this attribute except Him, born of the virgin Mary, the one who is I AM, the one who is the messiah, the one who is the savior of the world, the one who says and it comes to pass, the one whose words every knee bows to, the one whose words every infirmity and calamity give way.

If you candidly ask for my opinion as to whom to lay your trust, I would without hesitation recommend the one and only person who graced the surface of this earth and was killed but rose again to life in three days. I remember with vividness all the promises of my mother yesterday, but today when it is time for her to redeem or fulfill them she is coming up with excuses of unfavorable circumstances. This is in short what happens when you put your trust in a mortal. They fail you. No mortal can be the same forever.

Let us endeavor to make the one who is in charge and control of all circumstances our source, and He shall never fail us. God be with us all and grant us a very fruitful week. Amen!

WHY YOU DON’T NEED A BOYFRIEND OR A GIRLFRIEND

Couple-In-Love

After having prayed to God one fine afternoon for a girlfriend, I was with so much hope inspired by faith waiting earnestly and patiently for the reply in the person of a very lovable lady, preferably Ama, until I had this very interesting answer from God. This answer is something that I want to share with every one of you, with the rare opportunity to visit my blog, today.

And the Lord God spoke to me, “My son, Atteh, you have made a very genuine but ignorant request, but before I grant you that request, I want you to go through the whole of the Bible and get me someone to whom I had offered a girlfriend or boyfriend and use that person as your reference or instance or example for your request and I will willingly grant it unto you.”

“Come and see speed!” I ran immediately to the Bible study software I had on my PC (personal computer) and started type-searching the history behind the marriages of the great men and women in the Bible. Amazingly, up-to-date I have not found even a single one of them to whom God had provided a girlfriend or boyfriend. All of them, those who married, when they were ready for marriage God provided for them wives or husbands – not girlfriends of boyfriends. Also, I have never seen in any part of the Bible the word ‘ex’, be it ex-husband, ex-boyfriend, ex-wife, or ex-girlfriend.

As I was doing my search I chanced upon Matthew 1:18, “This is how the birth of Jesus came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with a child through the Holy Spirit.” At long last, I thought I had found something meaningful, then a voice spoke inside of me to read the next verse for confirmation and whoa, “Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man…” – Matthew 1:19. For the records, the Bible does not contradict itself so a pledge is actually a form of marriage because it is only after marriage that the terms husband and wife come into being. Joseph would not have been referred as the Husband of Mary if he had not been married to Mary in the sight of God.

The idea we have today of testing whether someone is okay (genetically, physically, emotionally, ‘child-bearingly’, etc.,) before we go ahead to finally tie the knot is not God’s idea, at all. It is only God who provides, and when He does perfection is a hundred percent assured. A question of mine is that, “After your five or so years of courtship, or boyfriend/ girlfriend relationship, you realized he/she is not that sensitive to your emotional needs, what then do you do? Do you let that person go, or you will go ahead with your courtship and subsequently marriage?”

When in your testing the child-bearing capability of your gf (girlfriend) or bf (boyfriend) you realized his/ her chances are so low. Do you kick that person out for a new one? God says do not believe in Science more than in Him for He is the only giver of children. Consider Sarai’s case and tell me if at that age science permits child birth.

There and then, God spoke to me again, “Atteh, look through the Bible again for cases of divorce.” But, for this one, I want us all to do the search for people who were once together courting or together in marriage and got separated to become best of enemies or worst of friends like it is happening in our world today.

What do we do with our so called boyfriends or girlfriends? That passionate kiss, explicit touches, smooch, sex? This is what is called sexual pleasures/ immoralities that Paul says in 1 Corinthians 7:9 that if one cannot control him/herself of them should marry.  So then, if you are not married to somebody (i.e. before God you are not the husband or wife) control yourself and do not surrender your own self into the wide gape of those passions. They are the devil’s plans of ensnaring us.

What God wants me to make you (single people out there) understand in this piece of writing is that, what you need now is a goodfriend, not a girlfriend or boyfriend, for the good Book of His meant to guide our path has nothing of a sort in it. He says when you are ready for marriage and He himself sees your readiness, He will give you a lasting wife or husband. Shun that boyfriend/ girlfriend thing and cling to God now.

I think good Christians are in a hurry to enter into such boyfriend/ girlfriend relationships because they want to be selfish by not sharing the goodness of those they have ‘grabbed’ as bf or gf with the world. If truly they believed they are their God-given partners they would wait till their marriage bells were tolled.

I conclude with this saying, “ For when a relationship/ marriage is founded on sexual pleasures it is bound to break the next moment because we cannot trust ourselves of controlling them, but the one founded on the dependable God is eternally bound” God is alive. He is not dead!

By: Peter Atteh Kodjo-Judge